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FTR #866 Because They Can, Part 2: More about Technocratic Fascism

Although high-tech can be an enlight­en­ing, enter­tain­ing devel­op­ment offer­ing remark­able pos­si­bil­i­ties for improv­ing human exis­tence, there exists anoth­er, sin­is­ter poten­tial. Many big tech firms and coders of var­i­ous types don’t play well with others–they embody anoth­er eth­ic: ” . . . . [they are] telling us that coders don’t just have good things to con­tribute to the polit­i­cal world, but that the polit­i­cal world is theirs to do with what they want, and the rest of us should stay out of it. . . .” Poten­tial­ly real­iz­ing the wet dream of pow­er­ful eco­nom­ic elites, cryp­to-cur­ren­cies like Bit­coin are seen as cir­cum­vent­ing the abil­i­ty of nation states to tax in what might be termed as “cyber-off­shoring.” Such a devel­op­ment would spell doom for nation-states. Major finan­cial firms impli­cat­ed in the crash of 2008 have cir­cum­vent­ed reg­u­la­tors with their end-to-end encryp­tion ser­vice called “sym­pho­ny.” Ethereum CEO Gavin Wood enthus­es about the pos­si­bil­i­ties of smart-con­tracts: ” . . . illic­it activ­ity enabled by Ethereum could change the world, he says. . . .” Pro­gram High­lights Include: Tar­get stores’ intro­duc­tion of robot work­ers after employ­ees vot­ed to union­ize; Hin­du fas­cist Naren­dra Mod­i’s court­ing of Sil­i­con Val­ley at the same time as he works to under­mine Indi­a’s child labor laws; Ethereum’s tech­nol­o­gy enabling: the assas­si­na­tion of polit­i­cal lead­ers, the van­dal­iz­ing of web­sites, the sub­ver­sion of any form of state reg­u­la­tion and the tech­no­log­i­cal replace­ment of lawyers and oth­er admin­is­tra­tors. Low-wage work­ers aren’t the only ones fac­ing replace­ment by dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy.


FTR #858 The NED File

Extend­ing exam­i­na­tion of the most inap­pro­pri­ate­ly named Nation­al Endow­ment for Democ­ra­cy, the pro­gram high­lights that insti­tu­tion’s role as a direct exten­sion of U.S. intel­li­gence. In addi­tion to hav­ing financed the Maid­an coup in Ukraine, the NED has been posi­tion­ing itself to effect “regime change” in Rus­sia. One of the part­ners with NED in financ­ing the Maid­an coup is Pierre Omid­yar, Glenn Green­wald’s finan­cial angel and the head of EBay. Omid­yar is now part­ner­ing with NED to cre­ate a “fact-check­ing ser­vice.” Vladimir Putin has cracked down on NED and oth­er for­eign NGO’s that are polit­i­cal­ly active in Rus­sia, using the prece­dent of an Amer­i­can law that oblig­es polit­i­cal activists and orga­ni­za­tions financed from abroad to reg­is­ter as agents of for­eign gov­ern­ments. Review­ing infor­ma­tion from FTR #848, the pro­gram high­lights NED’s active pro­jec­tion of World War II-era fas­cists and Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tors into Lithua­nia, where the paved the way for the desta­bi­liza­tion of the U.S.S.R., as well as the polit­i­cal reha­bil­i­ta­tion of Baltic Waf­fen SS units. Pro­gram High­lights Include: the found­ing of the NED in con­junc­tion with William Casey under Ronald Rea­gan; Omid­yar’s spon­sor­ship of Svit­lana Zalis­chuk, a Ukrain­ian MP who is coor­di­nat­ing the inte­gra­tion of Ukraine into NATO; the Wash­ing­ton Post’s ide­o­log­i­cal swing to the far right.


FTR #857 Update on Ukraine, the Earth Island Boogie and “Team Snowden”

Plac­ing the Ukraine cri­sis in a larg­er frame­work, this pro­gram ana­lyzes the event in the con­text of both the “Earth Island” (or “World Island” as it is some­times called) and the psy-op front­ed for by Edward Snow­den. Stretch­ing from the Straits of Gibral­tar, all across Europe, most of the Mid­dle East, Eura­sia, Rus­sia, Chi­na and India, that stretch of land: com­pris­es most of the world’s land mass; con­tains most of the world’s pop­u­la­tion and most of the world’s nat­ur­al resources (includ­ing oil and nat­ur­al gas.) Geopoliti­cians have long seen con­trol­ling that land mass as the key to world dom­i­na­tion. The pop­u­la­tion that occu­pies the mid­dle of that stretch of geog­ra­phy is large­ly Mus­lim. Uti­liz­ing that Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion to con­trol the resources of the Earth Island is a strat­a­gem that has been in effect in the West for a cen­tu­ry. That strat­a­gem is appar­ent­ly behind the inclu­sion of Mus­lim Chechen fight­ers asso­ci­at­ed with the Islam­ic State in the Ukraine war, fight­ing under the admin­is­tra­tive com­mand of the Nazi Pravy Sek­tor group. After review­ing Zbig­niew Brzezin­ski’s use of Mus­lim proxy war­riors to draw the Sovi­ets into the first Afghan war and his view of Ukraine as essen­tial to bot­tling-up Rus­sia, the pro­gram notes that the U.S. is con­tin­u­ing to train Nazi com­bat­ants in Ukraine despite a pro­hi­bi­tion against doing so, because the Ukraine Min­istry of Inte­ri­or is vet­ting the trainees–THAT is the min­istry that formed and admin­is­ters the Nazi for­ma­tions. Much of the pro­gram notes the con­ti­nu­ity between Euro-fas­cists such as the Carl Lund­strom-financed Swe­den Democ­rats and the WikiLeaks/Snowden “op.” (Lund­strom also bankrolled the Pirate Bay web­site that host­ed Wik­iLeaks.) Pro­gram High­lights Include: state­ments by Ukrain­ian “vol­un­teer” bat­tal­ions that they want to attack Rus­sia; Glenn Green­wald finan­cial angel Pierre Omid­yar’s new part­ner­ship with the Nation­al Endow­ment for Democ­ra­cy (a U.S. intel­li­gence proxy ele­ment); the push by the pun­ish­er bat­tal­ions for Poroshenko to declare war (some­thing he can’t do if the coun­try is to receive bad­ly-need­ed aid from the IMF); the links between Julian Assange assis­tant Joran Jer­mas (aka “Israel Shamir”) and the Nazi-inspired anti-Semit­ic MAUP group in Ukraine (at which David Duke teach­es); the arrest of a mem­ber of par­lia­ment from the Swe­den Democ­rats for appar­ent involve­ment in a bomb plot; review of the Swe­den Democ­rats’ financ­ing by Carl Lund­strom.


FTR #856 Libertarianism, White Supremacy and Leaderless Resistance

This pro­gram revis­its infor­ma­tion con­cern­ing the rela­tion­ship between out­right fas­cists and racists grouped under the lib­er­tar­i­an polit­i­cal ban­ner and the “lead­er­less resis­tance” strat­e­gy. This libertarian/fascist nexus embod­ies the polit­i­cal forces with which Edward Snow­den is allied. With Dylann Roof’s appar­ent exe­cu­tion of the Charleston church mas­sacre and oth­er, less-pub­li­cized inci­dents, we have expe­ri­enced the rav­ages of killers oper­at­ing as “lone wolves”, inspired by, and act­ing in con­cert with, ide­o­log­i­cal vec­tors dis­sem­i­nat­ed through the inter­net and oth­er media. Snow­den polit­i­cal idol Ron Paul and leak­ing jour­nal­ist of choice Glenn Green­wald are key play­ers in the libertarian/fascist milieu, with Ron Paul and his racist newslet­ters hav­ing cod­i­fied much of the vio­lence we have seen since, and which inspired Dylann Roof and oth­ers. Glenn Green­wald ran legal inter­fer­ence for the lead­er­less resis­tance strat­e­gy, obtain­ing rul­ings that free Nazi and white suprema­cist advo­cates from pos­si­ble civ­il lia­bil­i­ty for inspir­ing acts like the Charleston mas­sacre. Among the libertarian/fascist activists on the scene is Jef­frey Tuck­er, who helped write Ron Paul’s newslet­ters and is list­ed as a found­ing mem­ber of the League of the South. An appar­ent influ­ence on Dylann Roof was Nazi leader and fic­tion author Harold Cov­ing­ton, who espous­es the goal of estab­lish­ing the Pacif­ic Nortrhwest as an “Aryan” home­land for Nazis and white suprema­cists. Cov­ing­ton’s nov­els, like those of Green­wald client the Nation­al Alliance, are intend­ed as “instruc­tion­al” mate­r­i­al. Pro­gram High­lights Include: the burn­ing of numer­ous African-Amer­i­can church­es in the wake of the Charleston mas­sacre; the dis­missal of any notion that the burn­ings con­sti­tute acts of ter­ror; review of the 16th Bap­tist Church bomb­ing and con­nec­tions between that event and the assas­si­na­tion of Mar­tin Luther King; Nazi and white suprema­cist activ­i­ty in Ore­gon; a Ger­man indus­tri­al­ist named Folk­er’s pur­chase of vast amounts of land in the Pacif­ic North­west; Folk­er’s links to Rick Boehlke, an appar­ent eco­nom­ic pro­tege; Boehlke’s sig­nif­i­cant oper­a­tional links to Rudi Dekkers and the milieu of Mohammed Atta in Flori­da; Lafayette (LA) John House­r’s espousal of Nazi and white suprema­cist ide­ol­o­gy.


FTR #852 “Think Different”–The Foxes Aren’t Guarding the Henhouse, They ARE the Henhouse: Update on the Adventures of Eddie the Friendly Spook

In addi­tion to a fur­ther explo­ration of Big Tech and the remark­able advances they are bring­ing to fruition, this pro­gram cements the polit­i­cal and ide­o­log­i­cal con­ti­nu­ity between the polit­i­cal ele­ments inspir­ing Dylan Roof and the Charleston shoot­ing and the polit­i­cal forces embod­ied in Ron Paul (Edward Snow­den’s polit­i­cal idol) and Glenn Green­wald, Snow­den’s leak­ing jour­nal­ist of choice. Just as Cit­i­zen Green­wald worked pro bono (as an attor­ney) to pro­tect Nazi orga­ni­za­tions from civ­il judg­ments against them for advo­cat­ing may­hem, Ron Paul helped to set the polit­i­cal and ide­o­log­i­cal tem­plate for Dylann Roof’s mas­sacre. We note that the very “lib­er­tar­i­ans” who are sup­port­ive of Snowden–such as Ron Paul financier Peter Thiel–are also deeply involved with sur­veil­lance of cit­i­zens. A Koch Broth­ers-fund­ed orga­ni­za­tion, Stu­dents For Lib­er­ty, recent­ly hon­ored Edward Snow­den and Ron Paul. Much of the pro­gram high­lights why we are strong­ly sup­port­ive of NSA, warts and all. Facial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­o­gy devel­oped by pri­vate firms like Microsoft, Google and Face­book are more accu­rate than any­thing the gov­ern­ment has devel­oped. Who is reg­u­lat­ing the deploy­ment of this tech­nol­o­gy? The pro­gram explores the abil­i­ty of hack­ers to use smart­phone tech­nol­o­gy to hijack air­craft in flight. Much of the con­clu­sion of the broad­cast high­lights the stun­ning advances in health-mon­i­tor­ing tech­nol­o­gy under devel­op­ment by Apple and Google. Google also helped finance the Com­pet­i­tive Enter­prise Insti­tute, as did the Koch broth­ers and Face­book. The CEI was one of the dri­ving forces behind the most recent [defeat­ed] chal­lenge to the Afford­able Care Act. Would you trust Google, or Face­book, with your most inti­mate health infor­ma­tion? The pro­gram con­cludes with a warn­ing that hack­ers could inter­dict some of this health-mon­i­tor­ing tech­nol­o­gy, with poten­tial­ly mur­der­ous results.


Reflections on the Charleston Church Shooting: “Assist, Greenwald, Paul”

” . . .Beyond that, the Lib­er­tar­ian Party’s polit­i­cal solu­tion to African-Amer­i­can pover­ty and injus­tice was to abol­ish all wel­fare pro­grams, pub­lic schools, and anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion laws like the Civ­il Rights Act. This was the solu­tion pro­moted by an up-and-com­ing lib­er­tar­ian, Jacob Hornberger—who this week [May of 2015–D.E.] co-host­ed an event with RON PAUL and GLENN GREENWALD. Horn­berger believes that 19th cen­tury ante­bel­lum slave-era Amer­ica was “the freest soci­ety in his­tory”. . . ” All of the con­tents of this web­site as of 12/19/2014–Dave Emory’s 35+ years of research and broadcasting–as well as hours of video­taped lec­tures are avail­able on a 32GB flash dri­ve. Dave offers his pro­grams and arti­cles for free–your sup­port is very much appre­ci­at­ed.


FTR #851 Technocratic Fascism and Post-Reaganoid Political Dementia: Update on the Adventures of Eddie the Friendly Spook

Updat­ing “L’Af­faire Snow­den,” this pro­gram ana­lyzes the fun­da­men­tal political/ideological prin­ci­ples that unite Eddie the Friend­ly Spook (Snow­den) with the cor­po­rate enti­ties com­pris­ing “Big Tech.” Tak­ing advan­tage of the notion that “gov­ern­ment is bad, but cor­po­ra­tions are good” (“post-Reaganoid polit­i­cal demen­tia”), many of the indi­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies in the tech world are pur­su­ing and achiev­ing goals that are fun­da­men­tal­ly anti­thet­i­cal to demo­c­ra­t­ic prin­ci­ples. Fun­da­men­tal to the dis­cus­sion is a bril­liant analy­sis by David Golum­bia in “Uncomputing.org” that dis­tills the essence of “tech­no­crat­ic fascism”–the polit­i­cal and social phi­los­o­phy that unites “coders”–Snowden, Assange and hack­ers of all stripes–with the cor­po­rate giants of Big Tech. Build­ing on a view­point sim­i­lar to that expressed in “The Decline of the West,” by Oswald Spen­gler (a text fun­da­men­tal to much of 20th cen­tu­ry fas­cism), they con­tend that soci­ety is bro­ken, the polit­i­cal process is bro­ken, and there­fore they have the right–expressed as “nat­ur­al law”–to do what­ev­er they think is best. Demo­c­ra­t­ic poli­ties are to have no say in their actions, regard­less of the poten­tial con­se­quences for the mem­bers of those poli­ties. They do not feel that they need “the con­sent of the gov­erned.” Pro­gram high­lights include: the pres­ence at the exclu­sive elite gath­er­ing of the Bilder­berg­ers of key Sil­i­con Val­ley techies includ­ing Peter Thiel and Alex Karp of Palan­thir; review of the rela­tion­ship between Ron Paul–Snowden’s polit­i­cal idol–and Thiel; the pres­ence of Third Reich alum­ni in the Bilder­berg­er gath­er­ings; the anti-labor prac­tices of Big Tech; the role of Big Tech in financ­ing extreme right can­di­dates like Ted Cruz; the dri­ve by the Indi­an gov­ern­ment of Naren­dra Modi (whose elec­tion was aid­ed by EBay’s Pierre Omid­yar) to under­mine Indi­a’s laws against child labor, a syn­op­tic overview of the key ele­ments of our analy­sis of The Adven­tures of Eddie the Friend­ly Spook.


The Big Bitcoin Bet, Part 2: Big Money to Buy Bitcoin, and Other Bad Ideas

2014 could have been bet­ter for Bit­coin. After peak­ing near $1100 in Decem­ber 2013, Bit­coin is cur­rent­ly under $250. 2014 was not a good year for Bit­coin.

But that does­n’t mean 2015 has to be the same. And if a slew of recent announce­ment involv­ing some very big investors are any indi­ca­tion of what to expect, the main­stream­ing Bit­coin is about to get a big boost. But that boost could come with a big price too. All those “micro­trans­ac­tions” of as lit­tle as 0.000000001 of one bit­coin (BTC) that much of the Bit­coin com­mu­ni­ty hates so much is pre­cise­ly what these deep pock­et­ed inter­ests are plan­ning on pro­mot­ing in a big way. And in order to make it all hap­pen, they might have to become some of the biggest bit­coin min­ers around too. And that means the future of Bit­coin is increas­ing in the hands of ‘The Man’. Also, the micro­trans­ac­tions might be used to mon­e­tize how we access the web. And how the Inter­net of Things spies on us. It does­n’t actu­al­ly sound very fun.


Technocratic Fascism, Tech Elitism and the Development of the Tor Network

A con­sum­mate­ly impor­tant piece in “Uncom­put­ing” sets forth the polit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy embraced by dom­i­nant ele­ments of the tech com­mu­ni­ty, a type of tech­no­crat­ic fas­cism: “. . . .Such tech­no­cratic beliefs are wide­spread in our world today, espe­cially in the enclaves of dig­i­tal enthu­si­asts, whether or not they are part of the giant cor­po­rate-dig­i­tal leviathan. . . .telling us that coders don’t just have good things to con­tribute to the polit­i­cal world, but that the polit­i­cal world is theirs to do with what they want, and the rest of us should stay out of it: the polit­i­cal world is bro­ken, they appear to think (right­ly, at least in part), and the solu­tion to that, they think (wrong­ly, at least for the most part), is for pro­gram­mers to take polit­i­cal mat­ters into their own hands. . . .” All of the con­tents of this web­site as of 12/19/2014–Dave Emory’s 35+ years of research and broadcasting–as well as hours of video­taped lec­tures are avail­able on a 32GB flash dri­ve. Dave offers his pro­grams and arti­cles for free–your sup­port is very much appre­ci­at­ed.


See Dick and Jane “Tote That Barge and Lift That Bale”

Evolved from the Hin­du nationalist/fascist par­ty the RSS, Naren­dra Modi is under­min­ing Indi­a’s laws pro­hibit­ing child labor. All of the con­tents of this web­site as of 12/19/2014–Dave Emory’s 35+ years of research and broadcasting–as well as hours of video­taped lec­tures are avail­able on a 32GB flash dri­ve. Dave offers his pro­grams and arti­cles for free–your sup­port is very much appre­ci­at­ed.